Again, I’ve been gone for a while…November 14, 2010
It’s been a busy time. Marching band judging is over now for the season. I really enjoyed it this year. Most shows I judged general effect, and I think I’m finally at the point where I am comfortable doing it. I hope the directors and staffs of the schools I’ve critiqued felt that way as well.
Yesterday I conducted the fourth jazz ensemble at our district jazz festival. We had students from at least a dozen different schools. They all came at 8 in the morning and we performed at 3 in the afternoon. The kids were very well prepared and they had a great attitude, and kept focus all day. I had a great time and I hope they all did as well. They played really well and I think it was a good experience for everyone.
I didn’t have much to say about the election. It’s all pretty much been said. If the pro-Tea Party folks don’t hold true to their colors – if they sell out to the old-school Republicans – it’s still better than having the House run by the Democrats, but only just. Probably the best thing to come out of the election is that the conservative shift in the people of the US, the grassroots movement, is now all out there for everyone to see. This has the Democrats scared and now we have to “keep up the skeer” all the way to 2012. That won’t be easy if the House Republicans cave; if they just decide it’s better to get along and play the Washington game than to do what’s right.
Apparently Obama has now blinked regarding the so-called “Bush tax cuts.” Thank God that will stop all this stupid talk about what defines “rich people.” All that ever did was create more class envy, and even Rush Limbaugh played into their hands the other day talking about whether $ 100,000 or $ 250,000 or $ 1,000,000 a year was “rich.”
It’s a head fake. Ignore that. The problem is that taxes of all kinds are crippling us, individually and collectively.
Congress won’t have the guts to do what’s really necessary, because it would put tens of thousands of “public servants” out of work. We need to start phasing out agencies now, so that as the economy picks up we can absorb those people into the private sector. If we just dumped them out on the street it would obviously be a disaster…but we don’t have to take forever doing this. The government is way too huge and this Congress could realize we’re on the brink and finally do something to pull us back. They don’t have any reason to follow Obama any more, even in the Senate. The Senate Democrats aren’t unified because they can’t be bullied any longer. Reid doesn’t have anything to bribe or threaten them with, they know Obama has no coattails, and they are on their own in the 2012 election. Every Democrat up for reelection in 2012 in the Senate knows it’s all about their own constituents now. No back home will care about how much support their Senator gave their President, because he’s been discredited in the eyes of everyone except the lunatic left.
Well, I thought I didn’t have anything to say about the election, anyway!